Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Lady Make-Up Artist’s Valiant Battle Against CCMAA

Meet Charu Khurana, the vibrant and valiant make-up artist who has played a lion’s share in giving justice to women make-up artists who have been denied employment as make-up artists for the past 60 years due to the despotism of the Cine Costume Make-up Artists and Hair Dressers Association (CCMAA). 

Discarding the CCMAA regulate banning lady make-up artist employment in film industry a two-judge bench of Supreme Court strongly condemned CCMAA for discrimination against women make-up artist and termed its act as “constitutionally impermissible discrimination”.


Justices Dipak Misra and U U Lalit lambasting the male chauvinism of CCMAA said, “Why should only a male artist be allowed to put make-up? How can it be said that only men can be make-up artists and women can be hairdressers? We don't see a reason to prohibit a woman from becoming a make-up artist if she is qualified.” 

The SC thus ordered to end this discrimination. The judges urged the CCMAA to delete the clause that bans women make-up artist to work in film industry on their own. The judges ordered, “Remove this immediately. We are in 2014, not in 1935. Such things cannot continue even for a day." 

Charu Khurana, a post-graduate diploma from the Cinema Makeup School in Los Angeles has been struggling since long to get a membership card of the Cine Costume Make-up Artists and Hair Dressers Association (CCMAA), but she was refused on some count or another. Hence she decided to lodge a battle against the mighty CCMAA and has won justice. 

While this case is related to the Mumbai-based Hindi industry or Bollywood, the court said it will take action against regional language film industries based in cities such as Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad which also bar women make-up artists.

Sanjeev Kumar - An Actor Par Excellence

Sanjeev Kumar, the sheer versatility of this actor can be judged from the fact that even thespian Dilip Kumar, regarded as the ‘God Of Acting’ in Bollywood, was in awe of his histrionics.

Sanjeev Kumar’s repertoire of roles includes everything from young to the old, sensitive to comic to the horror genre. Remember the romantic hero in SEETA AUR GEETA, middle-aged ailing father in PARICHAY, the elderly father of Sharmila Tagore in MAUSAM, the mutilated, revenge-seeking Thakur in SHOLAY, the wacky in ANGOOR or the ghostly in JAANI DUSHMAN and if this was not all then he played nine different roles in NAYA DIN NAI RAAT, the role immortalized by South legends like Sivaji Ganesan in NAVARATHRI (1964), and by Akkineni Nageswara Rao in NAVARATHRI (1966). 

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Sanjeev Kumar is probably the best mainstream actor Bollywood has ever witnessed. It’s tragic such a great actor died at the age of 47 on November 6, 1985 after suffering a massive heart attack. Raaga.Com remembers the actor on his death anniversary and shares an interesting anecdote about his struggle and his dedication towards acting. 

Sanjeev Kumar began his acting career on stage with IPTA in Mumbai and later he joined the Indian National Theatre. When he began his struggle in Bollywood he had hard times finding film assignment. Hence to survive he even did extra and one such role was for eminent filmmaker K.Asif who made MUGHAL-E-AZAM

Remembering his early days, Sanjeev Kumar once said, “I still recall those days when I slept without food. Once I had no food for three days hence when I got an extra‘s role in K.Asif’s movie LOVE AND GOD, I was excited. I had to walk in the crowd. During the shooting Asif Sahab saw some fire in me and recommended me to be in his touch. I felt thrilled.” 

He continued, “Few months later the shooting of LOVE AND GOD stopped as Guru Dutt, the film’s hero, committed suicide. The news had great impact on me as Guru Dutt was a great blow to the industry. I was still struggling then though I had now got some B-Grade action movie. Suddenly one day I received a call from Asif Sahab’s office and to my delight Asif Sahab offered me the hero’s role.” 

Sanjeev Kumar informed though LOVE AND GOD was left incomplete due to Asif Sahab’s untimely demise but working with him he learned the nuance of acting.

Sadashiv Amrapurkar Made The Transgender Character ‘Maharani’ Immortal

Yaha ka raja, is jism ke bazaar ka maharaja aur naam maharani….

Sadashiv Amrapurkar, played the unique role of Maharani, a eunuch that was menacing and lethal. He was seriously marvelous and the audiences got hooked. Sadashiv Amrapurkar gave a new definition and viciousness to the transgender character of Maharani in Mahesh Bhatt’s super hit film SADAK. 

This novel character Maharani was first of its kind on Indian screen because the villain was depicted as a transgender who was cruel, merciless brothel mistress. Maharani was engaged in human trafficking and had side-kicks who were also transgender. Repulsive to look at, Sadashiv Amrapurkar etched fear in the minds of cinegoers that still revokes. In fact the role won such admiration for Sadashiv Amrapurkar that he went on to win the prestigious Filmfare Best Villain role beating tough competitors’ like Amrish Puri in SAUDAGAR and Danny Dengzongpa in HUM. 


However readers would be surprised to know that when writer Robin Bhatt narrated the character of Maharani, the ruthless transgender who operates brothels in Mumbai and is a dreaded gang leader, director Mahesh Bhatt had reservation about the role. Bhatt could not imagine in his wildest dream that a transgender, who are always made mockery in Bollywood films playing the central negative character in the movie. 

However Robin Bhatt persuaded Bhatt Sahab about the authenticity of the character. He informed him about several brothels in Mumbai being run by transgenders and he had written the character accordingly.

After lots of cajoling Mahesh Bhatt agreed but somewhere within the hearts he felt the character would misfire. Hence when the role was narrated to Sadashiv Amrapurkar, Mahesh Bhatt opened his heart but to his surprise Sadashiv Amrapurkar’s was delighted at the novel concept of the villains. He assured Bhatt sahab to bring the character alive on the screen. 

True to his words Amrapurkar played the vicious eunuch Maharani with such fineness that it became the second most dreaded performance after Amjad Khan’ Gabbar Singh in SHOLAY. 

What makes Maharani memorable is a blend of humour, malice and wickedness that transformed Maharani into a chilling villain ever portrayed on Indian Screen. 

On the death of the genius actor Sadashiv Amrapurkar; Raaga.Com pays our humble homage.